Ontario is investing in new energy infrastructure in the Far North that will link solar and wind power to the Fort Severn First Nation's existing diesel-generating stations.
According to the province, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corp. (NOHFC) will provide C$2.5 million for the construction of a commercial-scale renewable energy micro-grid that will result in significant long-term cost savings for the community, create jobs and benefit the environment. The project will be built and operated by the Fort Severn First Nation.
This funding is part of the largest infrastructure investment in Ontario's history – more than C$130 billion over 10 years – which will support more than 110,000 jobs per year on average, with projects such as roads, bridges, transit systems, schools and hospitals across the province.
Ontario's long-term infrastructure plan will help connect regions, develop new economic opportunities and improve the quality of life for Ontarians by supporting critical infrastructure projects in cities, towns, and rural and remote communities all across the province.
Investing in energy infrastructure is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history; creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives; and building a secure retirement savings plan.